Yaacov Lozowick, in his blog, Yaacov Lozowick’s Ruminations, recently commented on the reaction to the Itamar massacre by the Israeli radical left:
For years I’ve believed…that for all my disagreements with far-left Israelis, they were a legitimate voice and deserved respect for criticizing from inside the war zone: if proven wrong, they’d be here to pay the price; when Palestinian or Hezbollah murderers do their best to kill random Israeli Jews, the far-left Israelis are here along with all the rest of us. This creates a qualitative distinction between them and their foreign fellows in malice.
I’m no longer convinced…the contribution Israel’s radicals make to the Big Lie against Israel is immense; sometimes the entire anti-Israeli argumentation comes from them.
This week we’ve had a further example which to my mind crosses all the lines of simple human decency. The Hebrew part of the Internet has been all a-buzz about the story of the Israeli radicals who went to the West Bank town of Awarta to give succor to the families of the murderers of the Fogel family, while disseminating unforgivable slander against the IDF.
Immediately after the murder trackers identified tracks of the suspected murderers from Itamar to the nearby town of Awarta. We now know that the two suspected murderers walked back home after the massacre of the Fogel family, where a number of their friends and relatives burned their clothes and hid their weapons near Ramallah. The investigators, who had reason to believe the murderers and potential accomplices were in town, but couldn’t yet have known who, how many, how well armed, and if they intended to murder again, sealed off the town and began to investigate….At one point they collected DNA samples from most of the men. Had anyone come forward and admitted their part in the massacre the investigation would have been greatly expedited, but this didn’t happen, so the investigators had to find their men in a hostile environment. They succeeded in less than a month. The week before the gag order was lifted the suspected murderers were brought to Itamar to re-enact the murder, so everyone in Itamar knew they’d been caught; soon, everyone else who cared knew, too, even if the precise identities of the murderers were not yet known.
…At this point a delegation of radical Israeli leftists visited the town: after the investigation, mind you, since, as they openly said in their subsequent reports, during the investigation itself they couldn’t get in.
Hagit Beck, a member of [the NIF funded group] Machsom Watch, describes on her blog how she and some other women went to visit “the 2 homes which had been ransacked”. The second of the two was the home of Hakem Awad. The blog-post has been put up also on the Machsom Watch website: they’re obviously proud of it. While in the house, Raya Yaron, the Machsom Watch spokeswoman, tried to comfort Shama Awad, mother of suspected murderer Hakem Awad, and wife of one of the men suspected for destroying the evidence. If proven in court, this will mean Shama Awad hid her murderer son from the police for most of a month, knowing fully what he had done. This is the woman Raya Yaron is embracing (below), and Hagit Beck is celebrating.
If there’s a photo more illustrative of the Israeli radical left’s moral and political pathos, I haven’t seen it.
You simply can not wear the mantle of “peace activist” or even “progressive” when you continually demonize Israel, ignore or excuse the murder of innocent Jews at the hands of Palestinian terrorists, and provide comfort to accomplices of such brutal attacks.
Characterizing Israelis who engage in such shameful and destructive behavior as a “Fifth Column” is not an overstatement.